Tag Archives: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Panther deaths already reported for 2012 in Florida

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has reported three Florida panther deaths already this year. Two were hit by vehicles and the third fatality was caused by a fight with another panther.   Last year 24 panther deaths were recorded, but FWC biologists also observed 11 radio-collared females giving birth to 32 panther …

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Area hunters disagree with extended protection for black bears

Although Florida black bears no longer need threatened species classification, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is still working to ensure numbers stay strong. Assistant Bear Program Coordinator Mike Orlando says a management plan needs to be put in place. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/12/orlando2edit.mp3] Area hunters voiced concern about this process at …

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Dixie County family mourns loss of their grandson

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is continuing to investigate the death of Bryan Austen Osteen. Osteen was killed in a hunting accident November eighth while attempting to climb down an 11-foot ladder stand. His grandfather found Osteen facedown near the stand and immediately called the police. Yesterday, Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Trent Kelly spoke …

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Dixie county middle-schooler killed in hunting accident

A 12-year old Dixie County boy is dead following an apparent hunting accident yesterday. The Dixie County Sheriff’s office says Bryan Austin Osteen was hunting south of Cross City with his grandfather when Osteen’s shotgun fired, striking his torso. WUFT-FM spoke with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Spokeswoman Karen Parker about …

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Coyotes roaming around Gainesville

Wild coyotes are present around the state, but they are a relatively uncommon site.  WUFT-FM’s Corey Matthew says that sight is not so unusual anymore. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/CoyotesWrap.mp3] Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Spokeswoman Karen Parker says area residents should never leave food outside that a coyote can eat, because it …

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Fish and wildlife officials expand hours for alligator hunt

More than 1.3 million alligators live in Florida.  Next Monday the official state alligator hunting season begins at 5 p.m.  Nearly 7,000 permits have gone out to people who want to try their luck at hunting the reptile.  Donna Green-Townsend talked with the Coordinator for the Alligator Management Program for the Florida …

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Panther hit and killed in South Florida

A 1-year-old male panther was found dead in the Immokalee area on Monday after being hit by a vehicle. Mark Lotz, a panther biologist from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, says this occurance is fairly common. Scientists estimate only 160 Florida panthers still remain in the wild [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/Lotz1.mp3]

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